Nine To Noon for Thursday 24 October 2013
09:05 TOPEC sentenced for Paritutu Rock deaths
The Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre (TOPEC) has been ordered to pay emotional harm reparation totalling $269,000 - to both the bereaved families and to the survivors of the August 2012 Paritutu Rock tragedy that killed two students and an instructor. Hans Konlechner is the Principal of Hawera High School and is on the Board of Trustees of TOPEC, and Tran Lawrence is the director of Taranaki Outdoor Adventures.
09:25 Ig Nobel prize winner on research showing dung beetles navigate using the stars
Wits University associate professor Marcus Byrne was awarded an Ig Nobel with his Swedish colleagues for their work on dung beetle navigation. He's also researched how to control alien weeds. Marcus Byrne is in Dunedin for the ScienceTeller Festival.
09:45 UK correspondent Kate Adie
10:05 Mary Quin - Callaghan Innovation CEO
Mary Quin is a New Zealand scientist who has returned home to head the government's new science and research and development body, Callaghan Innovation; named after one of New Zealand's foremost scientists and public intellectuals, the late Sir Paul Callaghan. She is a BSc (Hons) graduate in physics from Canterbury University, and completed a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University in Illinois.
It has replaced Industrial Research Limited and has also absorbed parts of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. Its brief is to: to better connect New Zealand businesses with the science and technology sector, and to generate more commercial value from New Zealand innovation, science and ideas.
10:35 Book Review with Harry Ricketts
Max Gate by Damien Wilkins
Published by Victoria University Press
10:45 Reading: Lament For A Dead Miner by Paul Maunder
A short story by Paul Maunder told by Elvisa Robb.
A young Filipino woman tells her experience coming to New Zealand as an 'internet bride'.
11:05 New Technology correspondent Nat Torkington
Education and technology
- Teachers With Apps, a good site to look for ideas on.
- Dragon Box, the Algebra game.
- GIMP, free photo editor.
- Clipping Magic, web site that will strip away backgrounds from images.
- Recommended Stopmotion Animation Software, and my kids love iStopMotion.
- Brick Films, has resources for the stopmotion animator.
- Minecraft, as creative as Lego, if not more so.
- Scratch, easy programming (no downloads!) for primary age and up.
- Code Avengers, for teenagers or independent primary-age, to learn to code web sites and web apps.
- Full Screen Mario, a video game that coders can take apart and experiment with.
- Mind Kits, lots of fun hardware projects that teach electronics and programming, suitable for supervised primary or unsupervised intermediate up.
- Hapara, software for schools to help teachers use Google Apps in their class.
11:30 Parenting with Darryl Gardiner
Teens and the law
11:45 Film Review with Dan Slevin
New releases Captain Phillips and Beyond the Edge 3D.